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Solar System Model

The first type of the Solar System model is the one for classroom teaching. The visuals are detailed, large and familiar enough for students to understand basic features about each planet.

The scale is accurate and explains the relative distances between between each planet, asteroid and comet.

Classroom models can be created out of average sized ping pong balls, marbles, clay or balloons.

The second type of the Solar System model is the one based on the dimension of a sports field. This is another way to explain the basic aspects of the Solar System. Most schools in the USA explain the Solar System with the help of a football field that is about 90 meters at length.

It is fairly easy to create such Solar System model if you can find metal rods and wood stakes to keep up the entire display.

The third type of the Solar System model is the one created for children below the age of 7. Children find it difficult to understand basics unless they are completely detailed. This is why any model should consist of large objects. For example, a soccer ball could be used for the Sun.

Creating such models can be very enjoyable and giving them as projects to children could help them learn much faster. According to research and several surveys, learning is stimulated when the method of learning by doing is adopted.

The Solar System model is much more effective than pictures in text books because the different shaped balls that are used allow children to understand the varied sizes. In turn, they question this difference and absorbthe information in a much more effective manner. For children in higher classes, the details should be reduced.
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